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"EGON SCHIELE AND AUSTRIAN EXPRESSIONISM
Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Milan"
2000-07-23 until 2001-01-14
Following the 1999 exhibition Gustav Klimt and the
Origins of the Vienna Secession, this show is the
second collaboration between the Albertina and the
Fondazione Mazzotta. Its core is formed by more than
100 works from the Albertina's collection, including a
selection of ca. 80 of its most important Schiele
The exhibition shows a concentrated overview of key
Expressionist positions: Alongside the main figure
Egon Schiele, works of particular significance from
Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin and
Herbert Boeckl are presented, with their dates
spanning a period from 1908 to 1925.
Schiele, Gerstl and Kokoschka were the key innovators
in Austrian art following the turn of the century. They
formed the new impulse, the Expressionism of Austria
at its beginnings. In their work the changing meaning
of color and line from means of representation to
carriers of expression becomes dramatically visible.
Herbert Boeckl first started his artistic career after the
end of the war in 1918, and principal works from this
first phase are presented here. His works, which at first
developed in the context of the achievements of Egon
Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, came into being under
an artistic eye that focused extrovertedly on the art
outside of his country – primarily on that of France –
while it also was looking upon nature as a
continuation of art.
Egon Schiele, lying act